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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Caroline County Reports First Case of COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 21, 2020

 


Caroline County Reports First Case of COVID-19

On March 21, 2020, Caroline County was notified of its first positive case of COVID-19.  The patient is a female in her 30s who lives in the Federalsburg area. The individual was tested by primary care on March 17 and notification of the positive result was received in the early hours of March 21.

The individual has no history of recent travel but had been in contact with individuals who had traveled. The Caroline County Health Department is working with the patient and the Maryland Department of Health to conduct contact tracing. This is a process to determine who the individual has been in close contact with over the last several days. The individual is currently resting comfortably at home, where she and her family are self-quarantining. 

“Unfortunately, we knew it was only a matter of time until we had our first case of COVID-19,” said Commissioner Larry Porter.  “Our team has been actively preparing for this and is ready.” Porter went on to emphasize that this case of community transmission emphasizes the importance of social distancing. “This virus is no longer contained to only those who have traveled or who have underlying health conditions,” he said. “Its spread in our community demonstrates the need for people to take this seriously and stay home whenever possible.”

Due to privacy laws, the County is not able to release additional details about the infected individual at this time. Residents are encouraged to visit www.carolinecovid19.org for current and accurate information.


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